At a glance:
- Author: J. M. Synge
- First Published: 1903
- Type of Work: Tragedy
- Time of Work: The early twentieth century
- Setting: An island off the west coast of Ireland
- Characters: Maurya, Cathleen, Nora, Bartley
- Genres: Drama, Tragedy, Folk drama
- Subjects: Family or family life, Suffering, Twentieth century, Nature, Superstition, Rural or country life, Brothers and sisters, Individuality, Islands, Christianity, Death or dying, Ireland or Irish people, Peasantry or peasants, Paganism
- Locales: Europe, Islands, Ireland
Riders to the Sea begins in a cottage where two sisters are conspiring to hide a bundle from their mother. The small bundle, wrapped in a shawl, consists of a shirt and a stocking removed from a drowned man at Donegal. They fear that the clothes may belong to Michael, their brother, whose body has not been recovered from the sea. He has been missing for a week.
They and their mother, Maurya, have been in deep mourning. Their brother Bartley then becomes the subject of the girls’ conversation. Cathleen asks Nora whether their brother will be sailing...
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